Over at Nate Silver’s 538 blog — I’m no Paul Krugman, I love it — they went into Google trends and looked up which teams have been searched the most on the world’s largest search engine over the last decade.
The results? Pretty much what you’d expect.
This is not a surprise, maybe only how much the Lakers lead by. However, for most of the last decade the Lakers have been a powerhouse team. The 538 story notes if you just use this year’s data the down Lakers fall way behind the Heat.
The NBA remains a star driven league for most fans, especially the more casual ones. They want to see Kobe Bryant and LeBron James right now. It’s not shocking. If those stars are in a large market and the team does well, the popularity goes up exponentially. This all just really verifies what we already knew about the league.
Hat tip to Lang at NBA.com’s All Ball blog, who I’m sure is Googled more than any other NBA journalist.
So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.
The Knicks coach has deflected questions.
But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:
It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.
And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.
Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?
Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.
Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:
It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.
But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.
It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.